Earth & Atmospheric Science Program Profile

Last Updated : Oct 29, 2018

Bachelor of Science
+ Co-op (Optional) 

We offer three streams in this program: Atmospheric Science, Geomatics Science, and Space Science.

Atmospheric Science explores meteorology from the turbulent micro scale to the large synoptic scale weather systems. In our program, you will learn how we use computer models to forecast the weather and will develop a deeper understanding of the processes that drive severe weather, climate and climate change. You can top off your degree with a Certificate in Meteorology.

In Geomatics Science (formerly Earth Science), you will study about modern geophysics, Earth’s gravity field, satellite geodesy, reference systems, plus surveying and mapping with emphasis in the areas of geospatial science and applications. Our program provides you the knowledge and skills to work with terrestrial, aerial and space observing platforms. Add depth to your degree with a certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing.

Space Science explores planetary space environments as well as instrument design. You'll learn from professors involved in international space projects such as WINDII, OSIRIS, Phoenix Mars Lander, and OSIRIS-REx. You will gain the knowledge and skills to investigate and establish new satellite programs for optical aeronomy, dynamics and chemistry of the upper atmosphere and monitoring the recovering ozone layer.


• Ability to apply theory learned in the classroom to course labs, projects and assignments as well as
  in extra-curicular competitions and student clubs

• Weather forecasting and numerical modeling of atmospheric processes
• UAV imaging & photogrammetry, digital terrain modelling, GPS and GIS modelling
• Developing Remote Sensing techniques for observations from ground, rocket & satellite platforms
• Planning, development and implementation of research projects under the guidance of a faculty

• Opportunities to take (optional):
  - Certificate in Meteorology – recognized by the Meteorological Service of Canada as satisfying one
  of their entrance requirements to becoming a meteorologist
Certificate in Geographical Information Systems and Remote Sensing 


• Social and communication skills gained through club membership and leadership opportunities
(Atmospheric Science Club, Students for the Exploration & Development of Space and more)
• Teamwork acumen gained through multiple collaborative activities, culminating in a capstone


First Year: 
• Chemistry 
• Computing 
• Dynamic Earth and Space Geodesy, or Earth Environment
• Atmospheric Science
• Calculus 
• Algebra 
• Physics 

Upper Year: 
• Geophysics and Space Science
• Atmospheric Radiation and Thermodynamics
• Numerical Methods
• GIS and Spatial Analysis
• Physics of the Space Environment
• Atmospheric Dynamics
• Synoptic Meteorology
• Cloud Physics and Radar Meteorology
• Numerical Weather Prediction
• Climate and Climate Change
• Remote Sensing of the Atmosphere
• Remote Sensing of the Earth’s Surface
• Fundamentals of Surveying
• Adjustment Calculus
• Geodetic Concepts
• Geodetic Surveys
• Global Positioning Systems
• Time Series and Spectral Analysis
• Experimental Physics with Data Analysis
• Image Processing for Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry
• Space Mission Design 


• Meteorologist
• Geodesist
• Earth/Atmospheric Scientist
• GIS Analyst
• Cadastral Land Surveyor 


Environment Canada
Canadian Space Agency
• The Weather Network 
• Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry 

Check out a sample first-year Engineering schedule

For more information on course descriptions and degree completion requirements, check out the Academic Calendar.

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